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ARIA Music Teacher of the Year – Nominees Announced!

At a special event on Tuesday 10 October, at Sydney’s Art Gallery of New South Wales, ARIA announced the nominees for the 2017 ARIA Awards with Apple Music across all categories, including the inaugural ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award, presented in conjunction with The Song Room and sponsored by Telstra.

The Song Room are extremely proud to be co-presenting this Award with ARIA, to celebrate the exceptional influence music teachers have on our kids, setting them up for a bright future.

Creative kids are brighter kids, and this award highlights the great work done by music teachers around the country, as well as the fact that despite this, three out of four Australian children still miss out on music education in schools.

Meet the nominees below and vote for your favourite today!

Alex Manton – Asquith Girls High School, NSW

Alex Manton credits her programs at Asquith Girls with encouraging students to find their passion for music. “I go to great lengths to ensure all students are capable of playing or singing in ensemble situations. Differentiating to suit my students’ abilities is essential… I encourage and support each student’s personal development and journey through music.”

Vote for Alex here!

Julie Layt – Crescent Lagoon State School, QLD

Because of the inclusive approach to her music programs, which incorporate Auslan for students with hearing impairments, Julie Layt says students are happy to come to music class and love to perform. “For me, the obvious thing is the confidence and joy that is instilled by performing especially in a group situation. On several levels, music at ‘Cresso’ helps our students become better people.”

Vote for Julie here!

Renee McCarthy – Woodcroft College – SA

“Music keeps students involved in positive activities, establishes connections with others and develops confidence.” says Renee McCarthy. “Performing within the community (local nursing homes and the Adelaide Town Hall) has raised the profile of the College and our program. The buzz about music at Woodcroft is a talking point around the community.”

Vote for Renee here!

Stephen McEwan – Bellarine Secondary College – VIC

Stephen McEwan’s music program has created a safe learning environment where students have expressed that music is the only thing that keeps them at school. “We make music fun and work with passion. We learn together, create together, play together, sing together, and explore the many possibilities that music has to offer together.” Stephen says.

Vote for Stephen here!

The benefits of music education have been consistently proven by decades of research, and they are experienced every day by Australian teachers and students who actively engage and participate in music making. Research into The Song Room’s programs in particular, proves that children involved in music at school achieve better grades, attend school more often, improve their self-esteem and confidence, and also experience less stress, depression, loneliness and anger.

Help us shine a spotlight on all the benefits of music education by voting for your favourite nominee today! The music teacher with the most public votes will be presented with an ARIA at the 2017 ARIA Award with Apple Music ceremony held in Sydney on 28 November, 2017 and broadcast nationally on Channel Nine.


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